class notes 9/19/17

Class notes 9/19/17


Christopher Hamilton


Continuing The yellow wallpaper.

Group discussion on writing.


  • We discussed the narrator is talking as if reading a journal
  • Whenever john is mentioned in changes the tone of the writing language
  • The writing is self expression of the main character
  • John is so controlling it threatens her to the point where she hides her writing.
  • She writes so much it exhaust her but she won’t stop cause it’s the only thing she controls and it makes her comfortable.
  • The story is written in first person but almost in real-time even tho this written down almost as if reporting the very scenes of the main character daily life.

Word Definition

Hysteria comes from the word uterus.

Hysteria-exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people.

Allusion-an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

Illusion-a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.

Impertinence- lack of respect

Contemporary- Something popular now in this time. Ex.Fake news

Wier Mitchell is an allusion and used as a threat by John to get her to do what he wants to do because he will implement the rest cure.



2 page is firsttime wallpaper is noticed

The nursery room is dull and uncomfortable

3rd paragraph down the room where the wallpaper was described

Wallpaper in the room was very unattractive to her, it even stopped her from writing briefly.

She felt confined in the room

Bared mirrors in the nursery represents Jail or prison for 

The paper and wallpaper became personified through her attraction to it.

She begins to see figures that anger her in the walpaper

Impertinence- lack of respect



2 thoughts on “class notes 9/19/17

  1. Jill Belli

    Thanks Chris for these notes (and especially for taking over at the last minute!).

    A few possible revisions:

    -In the first bullet point under “Writing,” do you mean “as if ‘writing’ a journal” (not “reading”)?

    -Also, “contemporary” doesn’t necessarily have to mean “popular” now. It just means occurring (or living) at the same time, or occurring in the present. We used it in terms of “contemporary readers” of the short story, which means the people who would have been reading “The Yellow Wallpaper” when it was published.

    -There was a lot of discussion that isn’t reflected here (specifically to our analysis of the text): maybe others can join in and help supplement the notes?


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